Here — the mapping business that was sold by Nokia to a consortium of automakers including Audi, BMW and Daimler for $2.8 billion in 2015 — today announced that it has extended a mapping deal with Microsoft. Microsoft was already using Here data in Bing Maps (used in Bing.com, Cortana and other services) and the Bing Maps API. Now, it plans to expand that to use Here mapping data also in its future connected car services.
The deal comes on the same day that Microsoft also inked a deal with TomTom, in which TomTom will integrate its “enterprise-grade” location services, based on TomTom’s maps, traffic and navigation software, into Microsoft Azure, for developers to use them in applications where locations services are needed. (Things have definitely cooled down between the two companies since their patent-disputing days.)